And speaking as we were last week of the late and unlamented Richard Nixon -- and let us stipulate that I agree with Jules Feiffer, who referred to him as "a genuine pop genius," i.e. the guy may have been a monster, but he was also endlessly fascinating -- please enjoy, from 1996, the greatest American pop/rock band you've never heard of, the incomparable Something Fierce, and their brilliant ode to the Fall of the House of Nixon, the incomparable "Watergate."
Alert readers may recall that I've written about these guys on numerous occasions, including the release of their fabulous 2009 retrospective box set. Here's what I had to say about this particular song in a liner note essay I contributed to the project, and I stand by every word.
"One song [from the set] deserves particular mention...specifically, 'Watergate,' in which [they] posit -- over a hilariously overdramatic instrumental bed -- that A Girlfriend From Hell is the metaphorical equivalent of the Nixon scandals and sustain the conceit for more than five fricking minutes. If nothing else, this must be the first song in history to contemplate rhyming 'spill the beans' with 'Haldeman, Mitchell and Dean,' and I would like to go on record, at this juncture, as saying that this song remains for my money the most audacious conceptual masterstroke on any '90s rock album by anybody. So there."
Like I said, Nixon may have been a monster, but he was endlessly fascinating. I mean, can you imagine a comparably evil but otherwise uninteresting shithead like Dick Cheney inspiring such a great song? I think not.